2014 Peach Bowl results: TCU embarrasses Ole Miss
The Playoff-snubbed Frogs bashed the heck out of one of the SEC’s best teams in Atlanta.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl is now the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl as the College Football Playoff finally arrives.
While the Peach Bowl won’t be one of the national semifinal hosts this season, it was assigned to host an at-large team and a Group of Five team, which is one of the best teams from the AAC, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West or Sun Belt. Historically, the Peach Bowl, or whatever it was being called at the time, hosted an ACC and SEC school in Atlanta.
Here is everything you need to know to get ready for this year’s Peach Bowl:
Date and time: Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, 12:30 p.m. ET
TV channel: ESPN
Location: Atlanta, Ga.
Stadium: Georgia Dome, 71,200
Last year’s score: Texas A&M 52, Duke 48
Last year’s attendance: 67,946
Last year’s TV rating: 5.3
Last year’s payout for each school: $3.975 million
Team with the most all-time appearances: Clemson, 8
Team with the most all-time wins: LSU, 5-1
TCU Horned Frogs (11-1, 8-1 Big 12)
TCU finished off an impressive campaign with a Big 12 championship and their third double-digit victory season in the last five years. The Frogs only lost to Baylor this year, but beat Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas State to rebound from last year’s 4-8 disaster. Gary Patterson’s squad will take it’s high-octane, firework supply-exhausting offense to a bowl for the first time since 2012.
The Frogs were led by quarterback (nee wide receiver) Trevone Boykin threw for over 3,700 yards, rushed for 642 and added 39 total (30 passing, eight rushing, one receiving) touchdowns, to possibly punch his ticket to New York City for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. TCU boasts 10 different receivers that broke triple digits in yards on the season and have a pair of explosive junior running backs just in case the passing attack wasn’t enough to worry you. Junior safety Chris Hackett had six picks to lead the Big 12.
Last bowl game: 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl vs. Michigan State, 17-16 loss
All-time bowl record: 13-15-1
Head coach’s bowl record: Gary Patterson, 7-4
Ole Miss Rebels (9-3, 5-3 SEC)
The Ole Miss Rebels started the season with seven consecutive wins, an upset of Alabama and playoff dreams dancing through their heads. And then the SEC West took over. After three consecutive conference losses, culminating in a blowout loss to Arkansas, the Rebels redeemed some of their season with an Egg Bowl win over rival Mississippi State to send them into bowl season on the upswing.
Ole Miss has done it the old fashioned way: With the nation’s best scoring defense. The Rebels have allowed just 13.8 points per game in 2014, with just two opponents reaching 30 points scored. It’s generally been enough for the Rebels offense, led by senior quarterback Bo Wallace. Doctor Bo has racked up 3,085 yards on a career-high 8.6 yards per attempt.
Last bowl game: 2013 Music City Bowl vs. Georgia Tech, 25-17 win
All-time bowl record: 23-12
Head coach’s bowl record: Hugh Freeze, 2-0